ByAmy Surprenant, writer at
I Write Therefore I Am...Obsessive and Compulsive
Amy Surprenant

Before I start, I'd like to say the following: The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of everyone else. And, no, this article is not about Potato (Channing) Tatum. I just like his face.

Part I is here.

Welcome to another round of Underrated Celebrities! This program is brought to you by such amazing films as The Sixth Sense and Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion. Not by PBS. There are two voice actors in the mix here as well. Enjoy!

10. Giovanni Ribisi - Friends

"My sister's gonna have my baby!!!!"
"My sister's gonna have my baby!!!!"

You know how they say, "everyone's in The X-Files"? Ok, I have no idea who "they" are, but I've heard the phrase a lot. Anyway, Giovanni Ribisi makes number 10 on the list with 88 credits to his name. The first place I saw him was as the "lightning guy" on The X-Files. Sure, a lot of people may know his face (or not, with his penchant for playing rather tertiary roles), but when I mention him, I'm met with stares. Ribisi definitely needs more golden opportunities to shine.

9. John DiMaggio - Futurama

Lending his voice to over 260 animated characters, DiMaggio's most recent claim to fame has been the overtly rude Bender robot on Futurama, or Jake from that show I don't understand how people can watch, Adventure Time (as or something). Everyone's heard the phrase, "kiss my shiny metal ass," but not everyone puts the face to the voice. Which is why DiMaggio starred in I Know That Voice. Beware when you mention his name to a group of people, though. You may get the majority talking about baseball for some reason or another...

8. Edward James Olmos - Selena

I whip my bear back and forth!
I whip my bear back and forth!

Mainly known (by your parent's friends) for Blade Runner or Stand and Deliver, Olmos is severely underrated in Generation Y (me) and Generation Z (no, not "zombie"). Of course, if you like film or writing about film, you'll most likely know him from somewhere. My first taste of Olmos was Adama in Battlestar Galactica. I instantly fell in love with his acting ability. He has a tendency to switch between the Papa Bear and "I'll kill you, prison bitch!" roles. That must be what drew me to him; I need someone to help me shank my prison ho.

7. Billy West - Ren & Stimpy

You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who hasn't seen an episode of Ren & Stimpy. Although, it should have been called, "Ren & Stimpy starring Billy West," or even "Futurama starring Billy West," seeing as he lends his voice to Fry, Farnsworth, Zoidberg, Nixon, and Zapp Brannigan. Both Billy West and Tom Kenny are the only voice actors who actually have a thousand voices. Billy West's talents even include recording himself doing a Christmas song as all the Stooges.

He actually used to call up Larry Fine's sister after his death and pretend to be him. He said she made him stop because he almost gave her a heart attack.

6. Misha Collins - Supernatural

Castiel, no. Castiel, stahp.
Castiel, no. Castiel, stahp.

Best known for his role as the angel Castiel in Supernatural, Collins is a real-life chef with only 31 credits to his name. He is highly underrated in the fact that he needs more acting jobs. I want to see him in more. Mainly because I can't get enough of his YouTube cooking show.

5. Mark Sheppard - Battlestar Galactica

First his house, now the cat!
First his house, now the cat!

With a mere 60 credits to his name, Mark Sheppard is an English actor with mostly TV appearances under his belt. But his brilliant ability to perform accents is what I think should get him more attention. Of course, if you posted his name to a Supernatural fan group, he'd get a lot of recognition.

4. Tricia Helfer - Battlestar Galactica

Helfer is known for her role as the blonde bombshell cylon on Battlestar Galactica. However, she's also spent some time in film and has starred in some pretty popular shows such as Supernatural and Two and a Half Men. By far the prettiest of the unknown female actors, she deserves much more credit than she gets.

3. Janeane Garofalo - Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion

While Garofalo doesn't have as many personalities as Edward James Olmos, she still makes me laugh every time as the foul-mouthed semi-goth girl. My favorite role of hers was The Bowler in Mystery Men. Maybe it was the fact that she could run with Ben Stiller's punches. Or maybe it was because she carried around her dead father's skull the whole time. Whatever it is, this lovely lady deserves more roles.

2. Tim Blake Nelson - O' Brother Where Art Thou

The first role I saw Nelson in was the movie Holes, but he was my favorite as the dumb but lovable Delmar in O' Brother Where Art Thou. While he does have many film credits under his belt, his name is not a readily recognizable one.

1. Toni Collete - The Sixth Sense

There's something about Toni Collete that screams sophistication and elegance. I'm also not being sarcastic. Unfortunately, she was out-shined in The Sixth Sense and Little Miss Sunshine, but her acting chops are nothing to be toyed with. Anyone who can cry on cue and isn't worried about the snot coming out of their nose on camera is A-OK in my book.

A-OK. Stone.
A-OK. Stone.

Inside joke...

Now, I didn't forget anyone, I assure you. But if you'd like to see one of your favorite unknowns featured in an article, please say so in the comments.


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